Back in June we heard studios were circling a movie adaptation of the Tom Clancy video game Splinter Cell. The game follows Sam Fisher, a covert Black Ops agent who gets hurled around the world on deadly missions.
No studio snapped up the project, but it’s only a matter of time now as according to Variety Tom Hardy has signed up to play the lead character. Eric Warren Singer (The International) has also been hired to write the script.
The Splinter Cell series has spawned multiple games and sold more than 23 million copies worldwide since it first hit the gaming world in 2002. The sixth entry, Splinter Cell: Blacklist, will be released early next year.
“Tom Hardy is currently one of the biggest talents in the film industry, and he has a phenomenal ability to take on complex and varied roles with his broad range of acting skills,” said Jean-Julien Baronnet, CEO of Ubisoft Motion Pictures. “His involvement in the ‘Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell’ movie is exciting news for movie and video game fans alike. Meanwhile, Eric Singer is one of the most talented writers of the moment, and … we’re confident he’ll bring a fresh approach and create a thrilling story … while still respecting all the codes and traditions of the franchise that are so important to fans.”
We will likely hear news of a director and studio involvement in the near future.
This marks the second big Ubisoft project to enter development following news that Michael Fassbender will star in Assassin’s Creed with New Regency and 20th Century Fox on-board.